AFC East Week 16 Preview
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
As the season winds down to the final weeks of the season so do the playoff aspirations of many teams. In the AFC East the New England Patriots ran away with the division title. The only other team still mathematically alive is the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins must win out and have a lot of help from other teams. It may be a long shot but a shot the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets no longer have. Week 16 brings the Bills down to south Florida for a chance to sweep the Dolphins and play spoiler to the hopeful Dolphins team. The Dolphins will look to seek revenge for a mid-season loss to the Bills. Miami placed running back Daniel Thomas on the season ending injured reserve list this week. A move that will give running back Reggie Bush a heavier work load something he has failed to capitalize on so far this season.
The Bills are coming off an embarrassing 50-17 trouncing at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks and are attempting to regroup from such a humiliating defeat. The Bills faced Miami earlier in the season and came away with a victory. The Bills want a repeat performance with identical results. To do this they will need to beat Miami again this time at Sun Life Stadium.
Buffalo is surrendering an average of over 144 rushing yards per game. Reggie Bush should have an added work load with Daniel Thomas on IR. Last time these two teams met Buffalo Kicker Ryan Lindell kicked four field goals. Buffalo’s only touchdown came on a punt return. Look for Lindell to have another busy day.
New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars
These are the types of games to stay away from if you gamble on football games. The games that look one-sided are the ones that always seem to surprise you. This may turn out to be the case when the New England Patriots travel down the coast to face the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 2-11 Jaguars will have their hands full with the Patriots who are looking to rebound from last week’s defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers.
The Patriots don’t lose back to back games very often. The last place Jaguars can only hope to contain the lethal Patriots offense. Quarterback Tom Brady will have his team ready to play as the Patriots try to lock up a first round bye to start the playoffs.
The 49ers exposed the Patriots offense by playing a lot of man coverage. The Jaguars lack the personnel to try and replicate. The Jaguars may turn to quarterback Chad Henne lead the offense to victory.
New England may jump out to an early lead which means a heavy dose of Stevan Ridley late in the game. Tom Brady and Wes Welker are no-brainer must starts. Aaron Hernandez has been filling in nicely for the injured Rob Gronkowski.
San Diego Chargers at New York Jets
This week 16 matchup pits two teams with uncertain futures. The San Diego chargers are moving on from the Norm Turner era and the New York Jets may also be looking for a new Head coach after the season. The Jets have had perhaps one the most dysfunctional NFL seasons in recent memory. Every week the Jets seem to be in the center of the media spotlight and the NFL fans can’t get enough of New York’s famed football team.
The team has announced they plan on benching Mark Sanchez for the remainder of the season. Sanchez will in all likelihood be released or traded after the season. Head coach Rex Ryan may be the next domino to fall. Ryan may have tied his fate to Sanchez when he drafted him in 2005 and refused to play backup Tim Tebow after several poor performances by Sanchez.
With playoff hopes gone, the Jets may turn to player evaluation for the remainder of the season. No matter the outcome of the final two games the Jets are a prideful organization and will look to finish the season on a winning note. They will have to do this with a rookie quarterback in Greg McElroy. McElroy’s play in the final two games may go a long way in determining the future of the Jet’s quarterback position next year.
This in all likelihood is the last game of the fantasy season. Be cautious starting anyone in this contest. The only player worth a look is San Diego wide receiver Danario Alexander. The Charger’s wide receiver disappeared last week but should rebound nicely against a woeful New York team.